Monday, April 13, 2009

Best Places to Download Free Science Fiction Books

After searching the web for some time, I haven't found a good comprehensive list of science fiction websites with free online books. So, I decided to make my own: below is the list of some very good collections of science fiction novels, short stories, ezines, and other sf related stuff. All ebooks are available for online reading and/or free download in various formats. This list is a work in progress, if you know any other science fiction oriented website with good amount of free (legal) content, feel free to post your comment.

Science Fiction Bookshelf - Gutenberg
20th century science fiction authors at Gutenberg, various formats
free science fiction ebooks for your PDA, iPhone, or eBook reader

very nice collection, classics mainly, PDF, Sony Reader, Kindle, etc.

SF at Project Gutenberg Australia
science, speculative, sorcery, spies, supernatural and scary fiction at Project Gutenberg of Australia

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America
authorized online editions of current and classic authors

Baen Free Library
Baen Books have made 115 of its books available for free in electronic format

Fiction Press
science fiction stories submitted by user community, new stories daily

Arthur's Classic Novels
more than 450 classics of science fiction for online reading

Science Fiction E-Books Directory
a mix of classic and contemporary science fiction novels

Bookyards Fiction and Fantasy
70+ sci-fi and fantasy novels for free download in pdf format

Google Directory - Science Fiction
Google directory list of online science fiction stories, novels, and e-zines

Free Speculative Fiction Online
science fiction stories from major print and online magazines and collections

Free Novels Online and Free Online Cyberbooks
free online science fiction novels, historical fiction, romance novels, mysteries
a free sci-fi story a day, large archive, online reading only

600+ sci-fi ebooks for free online reading and download

Doctor Who e-books
Doctor Who novels available to read for free in HTML, PDF and PDA format

Best SF Gateway
online versions of stories which have appeared in print

Escape Pod
science fiction podcast magazine: short audio stories, mp3 format
lots of Hugh Cook’s science fiction full-length novels for free

Infinity Plus
SF, fantasy, and horror stories from current published authors
science fiction fanzines online in HTML, PDF, and other standard formats


Sunday, April 12, 2009

Sacred Texts Online

The Internet Sacred Text Archive is a very popular website which contains a huge free archive of books about religion, spirituality, folklore, mythology, and many more related areas. All major religions are covered: Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Confucianism, Hinduism, Judaism, Mormonism, Shamanism, Shinto, Sikhism, ...

Almost all books are in html format for online reading only, but a few of them are available for download as zip-ed files.

Friday, April 10, 2009

The Works of Percy Bysshe Shelley

The Funeral of Percy Bysshe Shelley, by Louis Edouard Fournier

Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792 - 1822) is regarded among the finest lyric poets in the English language. His unconventional life and uncompromising idealism made him an authoritative figure during his life and afterward. He became an idol of the next generations of poets, including Alfred Lord Tennyson, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Lord Byron, William Butler Yeats, and Henry David Thoreau.

In 1822, one month before his 30th birthday, Shelley drowned in a storm while sailing in his schooner. Some believed that his death was not accidental, because Shelley was depressed in those days and that he wanted to die. Shelley's body washed ashore and later cremated on the beach, in keeping with quarantine regulations.

The Works of Percy Bysshe Shelley at
Volume I (Poetry I)
Volume II (Poetry II)
Volume III (Poetry III)
Volume IV (Poetry IV)
Volume V (Prose I)
Volume VI (Prose II)
Volume VII (Prose III)
Volume VIII (Prose IV)

All volumes are available for download or online viewing.

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Jim DeFilippi: The American Crime Novels

Jim DeFilippi is a father, a grandfather, a retired school teacher, a bus driver, a popular story teller, a cigar maker, etc :) His crime novels cover a time from 1950's to now, usually set around New York City.

These are titles available for free download:
The Family Farm,
Cop, Cop, Lawyer,
Jive Palace,
Fog 50,
Duck Alley,
Blood Sugar.

Here is the download page.

Friday, April 3, 2009

Les Misérables - The Poor Ones

This is a great novel by Victor Hugo, once considered to be the best novel of the 19th century. When it appeared, reactions were often negative, some found the subject matter immoral, others were upset by its sympathy with the revolutionaries. I've found out that there was at least 50 movie adaptations, starting from 1907 until now. Below is a movie trailer from 1998.

Hugo's famous novel is available for free download.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

A Text-book of the History of Architecture by A. Hamlin

This is the 7-th revised edition of Hamlin's History of Architecture, published in 1909. The book features 229 photographs an drawings. It covers the history of architecture from prehistoric times, Egyptian, Persian, and Greek era, through renaissance, up to early 20-th century in Europe and America.

Download the History of Architecture.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

In his "Ghostly little book," Charles Dickens invents the modern concept of Christmas Spirit and offers one of the world’s most adapted and imitated stories. We know Ebenezer Scrooge, Tiny Tim, and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future, not only as fictional characters, but also as icons of the true meaning of Christmas in a world still plagued with avarice and cynicism.

The text of the book is in public domain and available for free download.